The April 2010 Gulf of Mexico (Macondo) oil spill incident, and the Montara incident in Australia which preceded it, have had far-reaching consequences in prompting the re-examination by industry not only of operational aspects of offshore operations, but also of an operator’s ability to respond in the event of an oil spill incident or well blowout.

In response to the foregoing, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) formed the Global Industry Response Group (GIRG), tasked with identifying learning opportunities both on causation and in respect of the response to the incident.

Nineteen recommendations were identified and these are being addressed via a three-year Joint Industry Project (JIP) funded by sixteen oil industry members. The Oil Spill Response JIP (OSR-JIP) has initiated discreet projects or provides support to projects initiated by other trade associations in the nineteen subject areas resulting from the OGP GIRG-OSR project. The OSR- JIP is managed by IPIECA on behalf of OGP in recognition of its long-standing experience with Oil Spill Response matters.

In this website you can find information on the project and track the progress from month to month: completion is scheduled for December 2014.